Submitted By Todd on April 27th at 6:55pm
As Mexico struggled to contain its outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans forgo all “nonessential travel” to Mexico.My opinion, and practice, has always been to avoid Mexico. I have never set foot there, and plan on keeping it that way.
Despite assurances from medical authorities that a person cannot catch the flu from eating pork, China and Russia banned imports of pork and pork products from Mexico and three states in the United States that have reported cases of swine flu, according to The Associated Press.I don't buy things from Mexico, and please don't send gifts. I did try some Mexican Chocolate once, but I think someone spilled salt on it - it tasted awful.
Earlier on Monday, the European Union’s health commissioner urged Europeans to avoid traveling to the United States or Mexico if doing so was not essential.I like Europe and Europeans and enjoy traveling there, so I feel a bit resentful that they're shutting us down. But I understand their desire to avoid Mexico, and you can't blame them, based on recent population shifts, for considering our two countries to be one and the same.
Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, called the advisory against traveling to the United States unwarranted, saying that only a small number of cases had been diagnosed in the country, just one of which required hospitalization.Understood. But since Democrats, looking at the huge success that California's merger with Mexico has been, want to make the rest of the country more like California, one can understand the concern of the Europeans.
“This is moving fast and we expect to see more cases,” Dr. Besser said at the news conference with Ms. Napolitano on Sunday. “But we view this as a marathon.”When I think of marathons, the image of emaciated people collapsing comes to mind.
He advised Americans to wash their hands frequently, to cover coughs and sneezes and to stay home if they felt ill; but he stopped short of advice now given in Mexico to wear masks and not kiss or touch anyone. He praised decisions to close individual schools in New York and Texas but did not call for more widespread closings.Let's see - they could have stopped travel between the U.S. and Mexico. They could have started securing the border. But instead, they suggest the next best thing. Wash your hands, and sneeze into your arm. Adjustments on par with the attempts we've made to curb the flow of humanity crossing the border each year.
On the streets of New York, people seemed relatively unconcerned, in sharp contrast to Mexico City, where soldiers handed out masks.Ignoring lethal danger is the nature of our relationship with Mexico. A potential pandemic seems to be inadequate to change that philosophy.